You need a sharp blade on an exacto knife or a small linoleum cutting tool for really intricate details. The patterns should be drawn on the top of the cork first, I used a sharpie marker. I started simple with just a square and a star-ish design. (note: all corks are not created equal! Most of them started to fall apart after just a little slicing. I just tossed them and began again. I even soaked one in warm water to see if it made a difference, and it did not. After about the 4th one, I finally figured out just how much to take off and how deep to cut to produce a pattern. Even after I got my shape to take place, some of the uneven areas of the cork surface would not hold ink so it is really trial and error, but it was kind of rewarding.
After having minimal success with carving erasers ( they all fell apart) I need to move on. Now where are the corks? I know I had some, somewhere?
I managed to get my hands on UTEE in clear, black and gold…and once the little one is down for a nap, the tools come out! What is a better purchase, a Slice or a Cuttlebug? I may want to see if I can find someone that is willing to sell me a used CB because they are 1,000 Swedish kronor here (about $150.00 us…which is a ripoff cause I know you can get them at Michael s and or Joannes with a 50% off coupon, lol!)
I need to use up a lot of patterned paper…any suggestions?